30 September 2015

Sunday School Lesson—Grammar Method

Sunday School Lesson—Grammar Method

This is meant for at least two Sunday School Lesson.


A1 Review

B1 God knows what He authors--"But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the things of a man, except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so, no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we did not receive the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is from God, in order that we might know the things freely given to us by God;" (1 Corinthians 2:10-12, EMTV)

B2 The author is God; the writers are human.

B3 Not everything is what God has said. God authenticates it as accurate.

C1 The sayings of satan

D1 "Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God actually say, 'You shall not eat of any tree in the garden'?" And the woman said to the serpent, "We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, 'You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.'" But the serpent said to the woman, "You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." (Genesis 3:1-5, ESV2011)

D2 "Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. And the tempter came and said to him, "If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread." But he answered, "It is written, "'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'" (Matthew 4:1-4, ESV2011)

C2 People

D1 "And he said, "I may not return with you, or go in with you, neither will I eat bread nor drink water with you in this place, for it was said to me by the word of the LORD, 'You shall neither eat bread nor drink water there, nor return by the way that you came.'" And he said to him, "I also am a prophet as you are, and an angel spoke to me by the word of the LORD, saying, 'Bring him back with you into your house that he may eat bread and drink water.'" But he lied to him. "(1 Kings 13:16-18, ESV2011)

D2 "Now the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah were sitting on their thrones, arrayed in their robes, at the threshing floor at the entrance of the gate of Samaria, and all the prophets were prophesying before them. And Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah made for himself horns of iron and said, "Thus says the LORD, 'With these you shall push the Syrians until they are destroyed.'" And all the prophets prophesied so and said, "Go up to Ramoth-gilead and triumph; the LORD will give it into the hand of the king." And the messenger who went to summon Micaiah said to him, "Behold, the words of the prophets with one accord are favorable to the king. Let your word be like the word of one of them, and speak favorably." But Micaiah said, "As the LORD lives, what the LORD says to me, that I will speak." And when he had come to the king, the king said to him, "Micaiah, shall we go to Ramoth-gilead to battle, or shall we refrain?" And he answered him, "Go up and triumph; the LORD will give it into the hand of the king." But the king said to him, "How many times shall I make you swear that you speak to me nothing but the truth in the name of the LORD?" And he said, "I saw all Israel scattered on the mountains, as sheep that have no shepherd. And the LORD said, 'These have no master; let each return to his home in peace.'" And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, "Did I not tell you that he would not prophesy good concerning me, but evil?" (1 Kings 22:10-18, ESV2011)

B4 Pray

B5 Context

C1 Vertical—the same or similar topic

C2 Horizontal—the preceding and following

B6 Cross References—center column, Naves, Torrey's, etc.

B7 Conservative commentaries/notes

A2 Read

B1 The whole book to understand the general feel and message.

B2 Try to find a main topic or theme.

B3 Under the historical, cultural, and people to whom it was written.

B4 Pay attention to grammar.

B5 Word studies via interlinear version and/or Strong's numbers.

C1 Basic definition

C2 Where and how the word is used elsewhere.

A3 1 John

B1 Read all

C1 I read all of 1 John at a steady pace in 10.5 minutes.

C2 Try to find the main topic. While there are many opinions, I feel that this is speaking to people, Christians, to know if they are really Christians. "These things I write to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may believe in the name of the Son of God." (1 John 5:13, EMTV)

B2 Considering grammar

C1 Greek grammar

C2 English grammar—not as accurate but close enough to help understand what the passage teaches.

B3 Write your own outline of the book. We can do this chapter at a time or the whole book at once.

A4 1 John 1:8-10

B1 What word does each sentence start with? (If).

B2 What type of sentence does if represent? (Conditional)

C1 Three types of conditional sentences.

D1 Possible

E1 Example 1—"If you don't clean your room, then..."

E2 Example 2—"If you study your Bible, then you will be a stronger Christian."

D2 Impossible

E1 Example 1—If I were you, I won't do that."

E2 Example 2—If I were a King, then I would..."

D3 In the past

E1 Example 1—If I had only done that, then I wouldn't have to..."

E2 Example 2—If she would have treated me like that, I would just walk away."

B3 1 John 1:8

C1 What is the subject and verb of 1 John 1:8? (We say)

D1 Who is we referring to?

D2 Is there anything special about the word say? (No)

C2 Consider the word that.

D1 It is NOT a pronoun.

E1 God is good. If I say that, I am nice.

E2 "...the blood of Jesus Christ, his Son, cleanses us from all sin." If I say that, we have no sin.

E3 Most native English speakers will not make that mistake, but if they do, then that is how some heresies are started.

D2 It is not an adjective or adverb

D3 It is used as a conjunction. It can be used as the subject or the object

D4 Dictionary dot com has this definition: "used to introduce a subordinate clause as the subject or object of the principal verb or as the necessary complement to a statement made, or a clause expressing cause or reason, purpose or aim, result or consequence, etc.)." 4. When that introduces a relative clause, the clause is usually restrictive; that is, essential to the complete meaning of the sentence because it restricts or specifies the noun or pronoun it modifies. In the sentence The keys that I lost last month have been found, it is clear that keys referred to are a particular set. Without the that clause, the sentence The keys have been found would be vague and probably puzzling. That is used to refer to animate and inanimate nouns and thus can substitute in most uses for who(m) and which: Many of the workers that (or who) built the pyramids died while working. The negotiator made an offer that (or which) was very attractive to the union. Experienced writers choose among these forms not only on the basis of grammar and the kind of noun referred to but also on the basis of sound of the sentence and their own personal preference. 

The relative pronoun that is sometimes omitted. Its omission as a subject is usually considered nonstandard, but the construction is heard occasionally even from educated speakers: A fellow (that) lives near here takes people rafting. Most often it is as an object that the relative pronoun is omitted. The omission almost always occurs when the dependent clause begins with a personal pronoun or a proper name: The mechanic (that) we take our car to is very competent. The films (that) Chaplin made have become classics. The omission of the relative pronoun as in the two preceding examples is standard in all varieties of speech and writing.

13. The conjunction that, which introduces a noun clause, is, like the relative pronoun that, sometimes omitted, often after verbs of thinking, saying, believing, etc.: She said (that) they would come in separate cars. He dismissed the idea (that) he was being followed. As with the omission of the relative pronoun, the omission of the conjunction almost always occurs when the dependent clause begins with a personal pronoun or with a proper name. This omission of the conjunction that occurs most frequently in informal speech and writing, but it is a stylistic option often chosen in more formal speech and writing."

Reference: that. (n.d.). Dictionary.com Unabridged. Retrieved September 24, 2015, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/that

D5 That in this sentence is for a noun clause, best I can tell, used as a direct object.

D6 The sentence makes no sense without this clause.

D7 The Greek word is ὅτι hoti. It is a conjunction.

D8 Often that used as a conjunction for a noun clause can be left out.

C3 The direct object then is "we have no sin."

D1 Note it does not say "we have not sinned."

D2 Sin is a noun.

D3 Knowing this also helps prevent false interpretations and even heresies.

D4 Who is we?

C4 The word sin then can be used for a word study.

D1 The Greek word for sin here is ἀμαρτία amartia.

D2 It means failure. (A failing to hit the mark)

E1 A failure to follow the rules of a game or competition.

E2 A failure to follow the rules of God, law, or morals.

E3 Some might understand this to be original sin or of sin before salvation, but most understand this to mean every sins in general.

E4 If I am caught stealing, and I claim that I have no sin, we understand this phrase.

D3 Other passages using the same word.

E1 "The next day John saw Jesus coming to him, and said, "The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!" (John 1:29, EMTV)

E2 "Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I AM, you will die in your sins." (John 8:24, EMTV)

E3 ""Blessed are they whose lawless deeds have been forgiven, and whose sins have been covered;" (Romans 4:7, EMTV)

E4 "All unrighteousness is sin, and there is sin not leading to death." (1 John 5:17, EMTV)

C5 Cross references.

D1 Treasure of Scripture Knowledge by Torrey

E1 "Who can say, "I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin"?" (Proverbs 20:9, NKJV)

E2 This is reality. "All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all." (Isaiah 53:6, NKJV)

D2 Center column, etc.

C6 Horizontal context, same topic.

D1 Naves has a long, complete entry on sin.

D2 Other reference book as New and Complete Analysis of the Bible by Hitchcock.

D3 Bible dictionaries as the Bridgeway Bible Dictionary.

C7 The main clause contains two parts

D1 We deceive ourselves

E1 Who is we?

E2 Who do we deceive?

E3 Word study on deceive.

F1 The Greek word is πλανάω planao

F2 It means to cause or lead astray, to deceive, to mislead

F3 Uses

G1 "Jesus answered and said to them, "You err, not knowing the Scriptures, nor the power of God!" (Matthew 22:29, EMTV)

G2 "And Jesus answered and said to them: "Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and will deceive many." (Matthew 24:4-5, EMTV)

E4 Cross references

F1 "But evil men and impostors shall advance worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived." (2 Timothy 3:13, EMTV)

F2 "receiving the wages of unrighteousness, counting as a pleasure to revel in the daytime, they are spots and blemishes, reveling in their deceptions while they feast with you," (2 Peter 2:13, EMTV)

E5 Topical study

F1 "An oracle within my heart concerning the transgression of the wicked: There is no fear of God before his eyes. For he flatters himself in his own eyes, When he finds out his iniquity and when he hates. The words of his mouth are wickedness and deceit; He has ceased to be wise and to do good. He devises wickedness on his bed; He sets himself in a way that is not good; He does not abhor evil." (Psalms 36:1-4, NKJV)

F2 "Moreover, your skirts are stained with the blood of the innocent poor. You did not catch them breaking and entering. But in spite of all these things you claim, "I am innocent. His anger is sure to turn away from me." But I will certainly judge you because you have said, "I have not sinned." (Jeremiah 2:34-35, HCSB)

E6 How does all of this help us interpret this phrase?

D2 The truth is not in us

E1 Who is us?

E2 What is the importance of the word not?

E3 Is there any importance in the word in?

E4 Word study on truth

F1 The Greek word is ἀλήθεια aletheia

F2 It means truth, reality.

F3 Give some examples of a truth.

F4 Give some examples of reality. (What if I tell you that I am a great singer?)

F5 ""You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it. "But because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me. "Which of you convicts Me of sin? And if I tell the truth, why do you not believe Me? "He who is of God hears God's words; therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God." (John 8:44-47, NKJV)

E5 Cross References

F1 "Get the truth, and do not surrender it, as well as wisdom, instruction, and understanding." (Proverbs 23:23, WEL)

F2 "Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding." (Proverbs 4:7, NKJV)

E5 Topical Study

F1 Bible Dictionaries

F2 Topical Bibles

E6 How can truth be in us?

B4 1 John 1:9

C1 Verse—"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. "(1 John 1:9, EMTV)

C2 What is the difference between 1 John 1:8 and 1 John 1:9? Is there a different attitude?

C3 What does this verse teach about God?

C4 Can people do anything that would forgive sins or supplement confession?

C5 Who do we confess our sins to?

C6 If clause

D1 What is the subject and verb?

D2 What is the direct object of confess?

D3 What are we to confess?

D4 Whose sins do we confess?

D5 Who is we?

D6 Word study

E1 The Greek word for confess is ὁμολογέω homologeo

E2 It means agree with, thus acknowledge, then confess.

E3 Confess in English means to acknowledge something, many times a wrong.

E4 Other verses

F1 "Therefore whoever who will confess Me before men, I also will confess Him before My Father who is in heaven." (Matthew 10:32, EMTV)

F2 "These things his parents said because they feared the Jews, for the Jews had agreed already that if anyone should confess that He was Christ, he would be excommunicated." (John 9:22, EMTV)

F3 "Nevertheless even from among the rulers many believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they should be excommunicated"; (John 12:42, EMTV)

F4 "They profess to know God, but in their works they deny Him, being abominable, disobedient, and disqualified for every good work." (Titus 1:16, EMTV)

D7 Cross references

E1 "I acknowledged my sin to You, And my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the LORD," And You forgave the iniquity of my sin. ​Selah" (Psalms 32:5, NKJV)

E2 "He who covers his sins will not prosper, But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy." (Proverbs 28:13, NKJV)

E3 "and were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins." (Matthew 3:6, NKJV)

E4 "And many who had believed came confessing and telling their deeds." (Acts 19:18, NKJV)

D8 Topical Studies

C7 Main clause

D1 First part—"He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins"

E1 What is the subject and verb? (He is)

E2 Who is He?

E3 Is this He the only one who forgives sins?

E4 What is the direct object? (Faithful and just)

E5 What is the purpose these words are added "...to forgive us our sins." (To answer the question of faithful and just for what. If those words were not added, then is would describe character traits of God instead of action by God).

E6 "...to forgive us our sins" is an infinitive clause. In this case it is in the objective case, that is, as a direct object.

E7 Who does He forgive?

E8 Word study

F1 Faithful

G1 The Greek word is πιστός pistos and means faithful.

G2 The idea is to give a responsibility or command to, and it will be done, or if a teaching/doctrine the person will hold to that belief.

H1 ""Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master appointed over his household, to give them food in due season?" (Matthew 24:45, EMTV)

H2 "God is faithful, through whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord." (1 Corinthians 1:9, EMTV)

H3 "And the things which you have heard from me through many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be competent to teach others also." (2 Timothy 2:2, EMTV)

H4 "These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, and elect, and faithful." (Revelation 17:14, EMTV)

G3 Cross Reference

H1 "There has no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted above that you are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that you may be able to bear it." 1 Corinthians 10:13 KJ2000

H2 "Therefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator." 1 Peter 4:19 KJ2000

F2 Just

G1 The Greek word is δίκαιος dikaios and means lawful and just.

G2 God cannot be accused of forgiving someone for no reason. The reason is that the penalty has been paid. The Bridgeway Bible Dictionary has this under the topic of justification: "The forgiveness that believers need day by day is concerned not with the basic work of justification, but with their daily enjoyment of fellowship with God. Although the penalty of sin has been paid, the evil effects of sin are still in the world and believers cannot escape them. Their failures may disappoint themselves and God, but as they confess those failures they are assured of God's forgiveness."

G3 The idea is that God shows no favoritism in any form. Therefore we can be sure that what He does is right.

H1 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment. (John 7:24KJ2000)

H2 And said unto them; Go you also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way. (Matthew 20:4KJ2000)

G4 Cross references

H1 Tell and bring forth your case; yea, let them take counsel together: who has declared this from ancient time? who has told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no other God besides me; a just God and a Savior; there is none besides me. (Isaiah 45:21KJ2000)

H2 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him who believes in Jesus. (Romans 3:26KJ2000)

H3 And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvelous are your works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are your ways, you King of saints. (Revelation 15:3KJ2000)

D2 Second part—to cleanse us from all unrighteousness

E1 What is the subject and verb? (He is)

E2 The thought is this—He is faithful and just...to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

E3 Ask the question, faithful and just, for what? (To cleanse us from all unrighteous, which is an infinitive used as an object. A direct object answers the question of what; what is He faithful and just to do. Us is an indirect object. An indirect object answers the question to or for who does He do this).

E4 How is He faithful and just to cleanse us?

E5 Who is us?

E6 What is cleansed from us?

E7 What does cleanse mean?

F1 The Greek word is cleanse. It is used as clearing the ground of weeds, to prune away, and even to sift wheat. In referring to humans, it is used to purify as to heal leprosy and to forgive sins.

F2 Uses

G1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. (2 Corinthians 7:1KJ2000)

G2 And, behold, there came a leper and worshiped him, saying, Lord, if you will, you can make me clean. (Matthew 8:2KJ2000)

G3 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? (Hebrews 9:14KJ2000)

F3 Cross references

G1 And I will cleanse them from all their iniquity, by which they have sinned against me; and I will pardon all their iniquities, by which they have sinned, and by which they have transgressed against me. (Jeremiah 33:8KJ2000)

G2 And such were some of you: but you are washed, but you are sanctified, but you are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

(1 Corinthians 6:11KJ2000)

B4 1 John 1:10

C1 Verse—If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. (1 John 1:10KJ2000)

C2 If clause—If we claim that we have not sinned

D1 The word if signifies what type of sentence? (Conditional)

D2 What type of conditional sentence is this? (Possible)

D3 Who is we?

D4 What is the subject/verb?

D5 Note that this time sin is a verb.

D6 Does sinned mean the attitude of sin, original sin, sin nature, sinful thoughts, desires, words, and deeds, or something else?

D7 What is sin?

D8 What is it that we are saying?

D9 Can this be true?

D10 A good comment from Robertson Word Pictures on this verse. "David Smith observes that the claim to personal perfectionism has two causes, one the stifling of conscience in making God a liar (pseustēn, the word used of the devil by Jesus in John 8:44), and the other ignorance of God's word, which is not in us, else we should not make such a claim. "

C3 Main clause

D1 What are the two truths about a person who claims to have not sinned?

E1 We make God a liar.

E2 God's word is not in us.

D2 We make God a liar.

E1 Why is this?

E2 Who is we?

E3 How can we make God a liar?

E4 What does God say about our sin? Consider: "Therefore seeing we also are surrounded with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which does so easily ensnare us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such hostility of sinners against himself, lest you be wearied and faint in your minds. You have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin. And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks unto you as unto children, My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when you are rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loves he chastens, and scourges every son whom he receives. If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chastens not? But if you be without chastisement, of which all are partakers, then are you illegitimate children, and not sons. Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh who corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Now no chastening for the present seems to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them who are trained by it." (Hebrews 12:1-11KJ2000). In this life we still have the flesh which wants its own desires instead of God's desires.

D3 The truth is not in us.

E1 What is the truth?

E2 How can it be in us?

F1 Yea, they despised the pleasant land, they believed not his word: (Psalms 106:24KJ2000)

F2 He that says, I know him, and keeps not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. (1 John 2:4KJ2000)

E3 What is the importance of believing God?

E4 What is the attitude of this type of person?

E5 If this attitude is present, is this person a Christian?

E6 How can someone actually believe this about themselves?

E7 What is the standard of truth?

E8 How do verses 8-10 give us insight if we are or are not a Christian?

E9 How important is it to know the truth?

E10 How important is reality?

18 September 2015

Daily Bible Study—1 John 1:8-10

Sins and Forgiveness


1 John 1:8-10

"If we claim that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we claim that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us." (1 John 1:8-10, EMTV)

A1 Outline

B1 Conditional sentence 1. 1 John 1:8

C1 If

D1 We claim

D2 That we have no sin

C2 Main clause

D1 We are deceiving

E1 Ourselves

D2 The truth is

E1 Not

E2 In us

B2 Conditional sentence 2. 1 John 1:9

C1 If

D1 We confess

E1 Our sins

C2 Main clause

D1 He is

E1 Faithful

E2 Just

F1 To

G1 Forgive

H1 Us

H2 Our sins

G2 Cleanse

H1 Us

H2 From all unrighteousness

B3 Conditional sentence 3. 1 John 1:10

C1 If

D1 We claim

D2 That we have not sinned

C2 Main clause

D1 We make

E1 Him

E2 A liar

D2 His word

E1 Is

E2 Not

E3 In us

A2 Notes

B1 Three types of conditional sentences (Condition and result clauses. The condition clause starts with the word if. The main clause starts with the word then or equivalent).

C1 Types

D1 Possible (If it rains, the grass will become wet. If I stand in the rain, I will get wet. If I drink coffee at night, I stay awake).

D2 Not possible (If I were a king, I would not live here. If I were you, I would save that money).

D3 In the past (If it would have rained, the grass would have become wet. If she would have treated me like that, I would just walk away. If I had to do it all over again, things would be different).

C2 Usually start with the word if or have if in the sentence.

C3 For more information see here, here, or here.

B2 1 John 1:8--First conditional. This is one of the tests in 1 John for us to know if we are a Christian. Do we acknowledge that we are sinners, do sin, and have sinned?

B3 1 John 1:9--Second conditional. This is test two. Will we confess not only are we sinners but also our sins to God? If not, there is a problem.

B4 1 John 1:10--Third conditional. This is the third test. A very serious issue confronts us. If we refuse to acknowledge that we are sinners, then our diagnosis is we are calling God a liar and His word is not in us. If this is our attitude, then we need to confess this sin to God.

A3 Questions

B1 Does 1 John 1:8 refer to a position of being sinless or referring to being caught in sin and proclaiming your innocence (when you are not innocent)?

B2 If we are deceived and the truth is not in us, does that mean we are not Christians? (No, it may be where we believe at that moment. If we continue and/or teach this about sin, it is obvious that we are a fake, a false convert. We must face the reality of our sinfulness and the forgiven in Christ).

B3 What is deception? How to we avoid being deceived?

B4 Since truth is so important to God, what are some ways we don't face, acknowledge, say, do, etc. the truth?

B5 Why is the truth so hard to admit?

B6 What is humbly accepting the fact that we do break God's law so difficult to acknowledge?

15 September 2015

General Principles Bible Interpretation

General Principles on Interpretation

Bible interpretation

A1 The person

B1 Help of the Holy Spirit 1 Corinthians 2:13

B2 Prayer

B3 Attitude

C1 Bible is God's word

C2 Bible is 100% truth

C3 Faith is taking the Bible in the plain, normal sense

C4 Humility

D1 To accept what it says rather than making/forcing it to say something that we want it to say.

D2 To understand that what God says is correct and perfect, whereas our understanding is corrupted.

D3 To believe and act in such a way that shows we believe that God is the boss, the final authority. What the Scripture says and teaches is final. It is God's teaching.

C5 Understand the concept that the Bible is the final authority. 2 Timothy 3:16-17

A2 The Method

B1 Plain, normal sense

C1 Definitions would be in the plain, normal sense

C2 Definitions need to be understood in their context

C3 Definitions need to take in consideration the Greek or Hebrew word

B2 Setting

C1 History

C2 Geography

C3 Language

C4 Culture

B3 Difference

C1 Between Old Testament and New Testament

C2 Israel and the Church

B4 Context

C1 Vertical

C2 Horizontal

B5 Cross references

B6 We are not to force an interpretation but simply understand it means what it says. 2 Peter 1:20-21. For example, the Apostle John wrote in the Book of Revelation many things had to understand. John did not see something and then hide the meaning in some mysterious terms. What John saw, he wrote, so we should accept that. We may guess at the meaning but must be careful not to force an interpretation. Also this passage refers to the idea that the prophets did not express their opinion, guess, or anything from themselves but were expressing God's words.

C1 The Greek word has been taken in two ways.

D1 A loosening, that is, a prophet gives what God has given him/her. Numbers 16:28, Jeremiah 23:16

D2 An interpretation, that is, what does this mean. 2 Corinthians 4:2, Ephesians 4:14, 1 Thessalonians 2:3-5

C2 It does not mean that only a certain class of people have a special authority to interpret. Many look to the Pope, or the living Prophet of the church, or to headquarters.

B7 The Bible was given in a progressive revelation where God revealed further information in time. Thus the New Testament helps us to understand the Old Testament. This does not mean that what was revealed first is incorrect but incomplete.

B8 Take note of modifiers as adjectives and adverbs that help define the word.

B9 See Principles of Literal Bible Interpretation for further explanation and examples. The original article is here.

A3 The Application

B1 Not what does it mean to me, but what does it mean.

B2 We learn

C1 Things we must do. For example Ephesians 4:25-32 for both some things we must do and some things we must NOT do.

C2 Things we must NOT do.

C3 Principles of what to do or what not to do. Proverbs 16:18-20, Proverbs 19:11

C4 Examples of success or failure. 2 Samuel 11, Matthew 26:75, Luke 10:25-37, Luke 17:11-19

11 September 2015

Daily Bible Study--1 John 1:7

Daily Bible Study

1 John 1:7

"But if we are walking in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. " (1 John 1:7, EMTV)


A1 Outline

B1 But

B2 Condition--if

C1 We

C2 Are walking

D1 In the light

D2 As He is in the light

B3 Main clause

C1 We

C2 Have

C3 Fellowship

D1 With one another

C4 The blood

D1 of Jesus

E1 Christ

E2 His Son

C5 Cleanses (purifies)

D1 Us

E1 From all sin

A2 Notes

B1 Remember that 1 John was written so we could know that we are Christians.

B2 Walking is our thoughts, desires, words, and deeds of our daily life. Psalms 86:11, Jeremiah 7:23, Proverbs 2:7, Romans 13:13, Colossians 1:10,

B3 Light is a character trait of truth and purity. John 3:20-21, Romans 13:12

B4 As He is in the light--God is the standard of what is good, pure, and true

B5 We--the Christians

B6 Fellowship is the time and acts together because of and for a common goal. That goal is to do things God's way, to be in the likeness of Jesus Christ by our thoughts, desires, words, and deeds. Acts 2:42, 1 Corinthians 1:9

B7 One another--a bond between believers

B8 The blood of Jesus Christ His Son--Jesus is God's only begotten Son. His blood was shed as the Passover Lamb for ours sins. Hebrews 13:12, 1 Peter 1:18-19

B9 Cleanses us--this is not pardon for sin but purifying from sin. 2 Corinthians 7:1, Hebrews 9:14, James 4:8

A3 Questions

B1 Why is this walk so important and required by God?

B2 Why is light so important in the Christian's life? Do most "Christians" show and live this kind of light?

B3 Why does it take walking in the light to have fellowship?

B4 Why do Christians need purifying from sins?

B5 Do good works purify us from sin?

B6 What is the purpose for walking in the light?

B7 Why do most people not want to walk in the light? John 3:19-21

B8 What is the difference between telling the truth and doing the truth?

10 September 2015

Daily Bible Study--1 John 1:6

Daily Bible Study


1 John 1:6

"If we claim to have fellowship with Him, and we are walking in darkness, we are lying, and are not practicing the truth. " (1 John 1:6, EMTV)

A1 Outline

B1 If

C1 Claim to have fellowship with Him

C2 We are walking in darkness

B2 Main clause

C1 We are lying

C2 We are not practicing the truth

B3 Remember that one of the main reasons the Apostle John wrote 1 John is for us to know if we are a Christian or not.


A2 Notes

B1 This is a conditional sentence

C1 Condition--if part of sentence

C2 Main clause--what will or will not happen

B2 Conditional

C1 We claim to have fellowship with Him (God)

C2 We are walking in darkness

B3 Main clause

C1 We are lying

D1 We can lie by

E1 Words

E2 Actions

D2 God wants reality

E1 Hypocrite--say and do differently

E2 True--say and do the same

D3 God wants truth

C2 We are not practicing the truth

D1 We are lying to ourselves and others.

D2 We can't lie to God, for He knows. We just think we are fooling Him.


A3 Questions

B1 How does 1 John 1:6 show we must talk and walk consistently?

B2 How are we to walk and talk?

B3 Why is this important to God?

B4 Why is this important to our fellow humans?

B5 Compare the following verses to our/your life?

C1 1 John 1:8

C2 1 John 1:10

C3 1 John 2:4

C4 1 John 4:20

C5 Matthew 7:22

C6 James 2:4


09 September 2015

Daily Bible Study—1 John 1:5

1 John 1:5

"And this is the message which we have heard from Him and we announce to you, that God is light and in Him there is no darkness at all. " (1 John 1:5, EMTV)

daily Bible Study 1 John 1:5

A1 Outline

B1 This is

C1 The message

D1 We have heard

E1 from Him

D2 God is light

D3 God has

E1 No darkness in him at all

B2 We announce

C1 To you

A2 Notes

B1 Message

C1 The Greek word is ἐπαγγελία

D1 Sometimes the word means an announcement. 1 John 1:5

D2 Usually it is used as a special announcement--a promise. Luke 24:49, Acts 1:4, etc.

D3 A promise is a message about something in the future.

D4 A message, as used here, refers to something in the past.

C2 The message here is something that John and the other Apostles heard.

B2 Heard and announce

C1 John heard this teaching from the Lord Jesus. John 1:9 and John 8:12

C2 He writes about it, so that others will know, too.

C3 This message probably has been spoken of many times.

B3 You--the readers

B4 God--the God of the Bible

B5 Light

C1 Not the physical substance, photons

C2 Speaks

D1 Of His appearance 1 Timothy 6:16, Revelation 22:5

D2 Of His personal characteristics

E1 Truth John 8:12

E2 One that teaches truth Psalm 27:1, James 1:17

E3 Glory Isaiah 4:5, Acts 7:55, 2 Corinthians 3:7

E4 Holiness Ezekiel 28:25, Ephesians 4:24

E5 Perfection (no flaws)

B6 Darkness--the opposite of light

B7 In Him--God, that is, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit

A3 Questions

B1 Are we to announce this message as well?

B2 How complete, perfect, is this light? ("...no darkness, at all").

B3 How should this affect a Christian's life?

B4 When God speaks of history, geography, science, human emotions, etc., is it true? How does this affect Genesis 1?

B5 What is the natural state of humanity? (See Matthew 6:23, John 3:19, John 12:46

07 September 2015

Sunday School Lesson—A general review of the Bible

A general review of the Bible

7 c's of history

A1 7 C's of History

B1 Creation

C1 Six, 24-hour literal days.

C2 6-10,000 years ago

C3 Creation was "very good" in God's judgment.

C4 All animals, Adam, and Eve only ate plants.

C5 There was no sickness or other problems, because the curse had not happen yet.

C6 There was only one law. "Do not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil."

C7 There was only one punishment for disobedience--death.

B2 Corruption

C1 Disobedience to God

C2 Creation was not perfect any more. It is cursed. ("Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned" (Romans 5:12, NKJV) and "For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now."

(Romans 8:20-22, NKJV)

D1 Sickness

D2 Death

D3 Spiritual separation from God.

D4 Hell

C3 Sacrifice, provision, for atonement initiated by God.

C4 The sacrifice was animals only.

C5 God provided for the first clothes--animal skins.

C6 Adam and Eve had to leave the Garden of Eden.

C7 God gives a promise of a redeemer. Genesis 3:15

B3 Catastrophe

C1 Adam and Eve had children, who had children, until there were many descendants.

C2 They became incredibly evil. (Genesis 6:5)

C3 The whole world had crossed God's line and now deserved punishment.

C4 This punishment was the flood which would cover the whole world.

C5 Everything that breathed air was to die.

C6 God instructed Noah to build an ark.

C7 All types of air breathing animals and birds were in it as well as Noah, his wife, their 3 sons and their wives.

C8 This flood changed the geography of the world.

C9 The ark is a reminder of God providing salvation.

B4 Confusion

C1 Again there were many descendants from these 8 people.

C2 They were evil.

C3 God had told them to spread over the whole earth.

C4 They stayed put and built a tower.

C5 Approximately 100 years after the flood, God punished humanity again.

C6 Instead of one language, God made many languages that all the people could not communicated with one another in one language.

C7 All people alive today came from the 8 who were on the ark. Acts 17:26

B5 Christ

C1 Jesus is the one and only Christ.

C2 His birth was in fulfillment of many prophecies.

C3 His birth, life, ministry, death, resurrection, and ascension were miraculous.

B6 Cross

C1 Sin requires punishment.

C2 This punishment is death physically and spiritually.

C3 The final outcome of this sin is Hell, the Lake of Fire.

C4 Jesus Christ was the Lamb of God, sacrificed for our sin. He suffered and died for our sins.

B7 Consummation

C1 Curse is removed, gone, never remembered.

C2 All things are new.

A2 Questions

B1 What is faith? (Believing God)

C1 "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained witness. By faith we understand that time itself was framed by a command of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible." (Hebrews 11:1-3, EMTV) This is "because God said so."

C2 "For what does the Scripture say? "Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness." (Romans 4:3, NKJV)

C3 "He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." (John 3:18, NKJV)

B2 How important is faith?

B3 When we read/study the Bible, how do we exercise faith? (By believing what is written).

B4 Are the words of satan and others, say Judas Iscariot, inspired? (No. In the Bible God authenticates those words. This means that what is recorded is 100% accurate. God is witness).

B5 Is the Bible accurate when history and geography are mentioned? (Yes).

B6 What is the danger of false interpretation methods as symbolic or allegorical?

B7 What method did the Lord Jesus use--a. plain, normal sense b. theological based (theology precedes interpretation), c. emotional/feeling (as in "what does this mean to

you/me?"), d. rationalistic (as in science precedes interpretation). For example:

C1 "Jesus consistently interpreted the Old Testament quite literally, including the Creation account of Adam and Eve (Matthew 13:35; 25:34, Mark 10:6), Noah's Ark and the flood (Matthew 24:38-39; Luke 17:26-27), Jonah and the great fish (Matthew 12:39-41), Sodom and Gomorrah (Matthew 10:15), and the account of Lot and his wife (Luke 17:28-29).

Jesus affirmed the Bible's divine inspiration (Matthew 22:43), its indestructibility (Matthew 5:17-18), its infallibility (John 10:35), its final authority (Matthew 4:4,7,10), its historicity (Matthew 12:40; 24:37), its factual inerrancy (Matthew 22:29-32), and its spiritual clarity (Luke 24:25). Moreover, He emphasized the importance of each word of Scripture (Luke 16:17). Indeed, He sometimes based His argumentation on a single expression of the biblical text (Matthew 22:32,43-45; John 10:34)." Quote from The Eight Rules of Bible Interpretation.

C2 Compare the Free Will Baptist Treatise--"Since the Bible is the Word of God, it is without error in all matters upon which it speaks, whether history, geography, matters relating to science or any other subject."

B8 Why couldn't/didn't Adam obey even just one law?

B9 When Adam willfully and deliberately disobeyed God, did he show faith? (No). In whom did Eve show faith? (the serpent, instead of God).

B10 Why didn't God provide a redeemer at that time?

B11 After the flood was pronounced by God, what provision did God make to save any one?

B12 Was this offer to any human or only 8 elected individuals? (The offer was open to all). How do we know that? (Noah preached for at least 120 years, and it is the teaching of many Bible verses. John 3:16, 1 Timothy 2:4, 2 Peter 3:9, Revelation 22:17).

B13 Why did the people after the flood build a tower? (It has been suggested that they thought if there was another flood it would be high enough to prevent them from drowning).

B14 What is sin?

B15 How do we know what sin is? (Summarized by the 10 Commandments)

B16 What does Christ mean?

B17 Who is this Christ, this Messiah?

B18 Has Jesus always been the Christ, or did He become the Christ?

B19 What is the importance of Jesus's cross?

B20 Could someone else have died to provide salvation?

B21 Did Jesus really die?

B22 Did Jesus really rise from death?

B23 What is the importance of the resurrection? It is

C1 Fulfilled prophecy. Psalm 16:10

C2 Proof that the penalty for sins was met. 1 Corinthians 15:57

C3 For our justification. Romans 4:25

C4 Hope for our resurrection. 1 Corinthians 15:49 and Philippians 3:21

B24 Why is it possible for the curse on the universe to be removed?

B25 Who will enjoy this life of no curse?

B26 Is their any hope for humanity?

04 September 2015

Daily Bible Study—1 John 1:5-7

God is light

1 john daily bible study

1 John 1:5-7

A1 Outline

B1 This is the message

C1 We

D1 Have heard from Him

D2 Declare to you

C2 God

D1 Is light

D2 There is no darkness in Him

B2 This is our statement

C1 If

D1 We claim--we have fellowship with Him

D2 While we walk in darkness

C2 Then

D1 We are lying

D2 We are not living the truth

B3 This is our action

C1 If

D1 We walk in the light

D2 Just as He is in the light

C2 Then

D1 We have fellowship with one another

D2 The blood

E1 Of Jesus Christ, His Son

E2 Cleanses us from all sin

A2 Notes

B1 From Him=Jesus

B2 Declare=preaching the Gospel

B3 Light

C1 God is the source James 1:17

C2 God created physical light Genesis 1:3

C3 Light is associated with truth and darkness with evil. John 3:20-21, Ephesians 5:13

C4 Light has no darkness, and darkness has no light.

C5 The fullest, most complete, light is God's glory. Psalm 104:2 and 1 Timothy 6:16

C6 Light is a symbol of purity. 1 John 1:5

C7 God's light is so complete that He can see in the darkness. Daniel 2:22

C8 Humans have no light whatever; God has complete light. Jesus came as a light, and to those who believe and trust Him, Jesus gives light. Light is associated with life. John 1:4

C9 What God says (the Scriptures) are described as light, because they are pure truth. Psalm 119:105

C10 Since Jesus gives us light, we are to shine, that is, live our lives according to God's truth as written in the Scriptures. Matthew 5:14

B4 1 John 1:6 deals with hypocrisy.

B5 1 John 1:7 explains what blessings we have if we live a Christian life as Jesus and His Apostles (the 12) taught us.

A3 Questions

B1 Does satan have any light? Why or why not?

B2 If God is pure and true, why don't people believe Him?

B3 If God's word is pure and true, why do people twist, redefine words, and misinterpret the Scriptures?

B4 In reference to 1 John 1:6, how can we not be hypocrites? What standard do we follow?

B5 Does God have fellowship with just anybody?

B6 What is the importance of Jesus's blood?